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Fair Materials 101: Going beyond conflict-free materials

Everyone who has read the book or seen the movie Blood Diamond knows something about conflict materials. They’re raw materials or minerals that come from a particular part of the world where war or armed struggle is occurring, affecting the mining and trading of those materials. The conflict focuses ...

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  • Fair Materials 101: What is Urban Mining and how can it be fair?

    Fair Materials 101: What is Urban Mining and how can it be fair?

    When we think of mining, we normally think of it as happening on the outskirts of town. The prospector’s cry is “There’s gold in them there hills” .. not “There’s gold in them there dumpsters.” But when people throw their phones and other electronic waste away rather than recycling ...

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  • Fair Materials 101: Why recycling isn’t enough

    Fair Materials 101: Why recycling isn’t enough

    Many people mistakenly believe that we can achieve a circular economy simply by improving how we recycle the things we buy. We’re told over and over again, that if we buy a new phone, use it till it breaks, then turn it over to the recycling robots, they will ...

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  • Meet the changemakers: Tolt

    Meet the changemakers: Tolt

    We’re on a journey to change the electronics industry – and we’re not alone. While the Fairphone is a physical expression of the possibility of change, it also happens to be a great storytelling device that connects us with inspiring changemakers from all over. In this series, we want to ...

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  • Fair Materials 101: How can mining be used for good?

    Fair Materials 101: How can mining be used for good?

    As we discussed in the previous blog of this series, cutting mining out of the electronics industry is not realistic. For the foreseeable future, mining is here to stay and as such, we have a responsibility to push for and demand responsible mining improvements. Could we actually use mining ...

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  • French Repairability Index: Fairphone takes the lead

    French Repairability Index: Fairphone takes the lead

    Fairphone has become one of the first phone manufacturers to comply with the French Repairability Index that came into effect on January 1, 2021, achieving a score of 8.7/10! What does this mean exactly? Well, the Index makes it a legal obligation for French resellers and operators to show a ...

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  • Meet the changemakers: Climène Koechlin

    Meet the changemakers: Climène Koechlin

    We’re on a journey to change the electronics industry – and we’re not alone. While the Fairphone is a physical expression of the possibility of change, it also happens to be a great storytelling device that connects us with inspiring changemakers from all over. In this series, we want to ...

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  • Fair Materials 101:  Why we can’t turn our back on mining

    Fair Materials 101: Why we can’t turn our back on mining

    The “circular economy”: a concept that is becoming more and more prominent in the current Zeitgeist. Whether it’s an Instagram ad for a recycled-fiber sweater tagged with #circular, or an ambitious European Commission action plan, the idea is catching on – and catching up. A circular economy is an economic ...

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  • Fair Materials 101 – A guide to the materials in your phone

    Fair Materials 101 – A guide to the materials in your phone

    At Fairphone, we’ve set ourselves some serious challenges: We’re out to change the world. Change doesn’t happen overnight, though – and a lot of the progress happens behind the scenes. So a big part of this effort is including you in this journey. We’re asking you to look beyond technical ...

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  • Meet the changemakers: Juliëtte Schraauwers

    Meet the changemakers: Juliëtte Schraauwers

    We’re on a journey to change the electronics industry – and we’re not alone. While the Fairphone is a physical expression of the possibility of change, it also happens to be a great storytelling device that connects us with inspiring changemakers from all over. In this series, we want to ...

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